EAST Perth Eagles’ women side fell short in its State Basketball League (SBL) double-headed fixture at the weekend.
The Eagles met the Rockingham Flames for a late game on Friday night at the Barnett Sports Complex in Rockingham to celebrate Women’s Round.
They did not find the later game an advantage with the Flames claiming a 22-point advantage at three quarter time.
But the Eagles fought back with 32 points to 22 points in the last quarter, but it was not enough as the Eagles went down 84-72.
Nicole Jorre St Jorre led the resurgence b with 23 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Haylee De Sousa contributed 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
On Saturday, the Eagles lost to the undefeated Perry Lakes Hawks by 35 points.
In her second game for the season, newly arrived import Abbey Duinker accumulated 13 points, 12 rebounds and an assist.
De Sousa scored nine points and two assists, with the captain Jorre St Jorre adding seven points.
Assistant coach Bill Edwards said he was disappointed with the results.
“We had the opportunity to win against the Flames. Captain Nicole Jorre St Jorre didn’t leave anything behind, and had an exceptional shooting display,” he said.
“Our imports Kaylee Kirkpatrick and newly arrived Abbey Duiker are adapting to our game plan and the way the game is officiated.
“We saw a marked improvement on Abbey’s game on Saturday against the Hawks reflected by her stats.
“However, we need to focus on the actions that we have in our control to reduce our turnovers, box out and get the rebounds so that we get games in our control from the onset of the game.”
Meanwhile, the Eagles men’s team also suffered a narrow 67-64 loss to Rockingham Flames on Friday.
The Eagles started strongly and led by three points at quarter time.
The Flames overran the Eagles in the next two quarters and led by nine points at the main break and 14 points at three quarter time.
Mason Bragg’s shot for three on the buzzer missed to hand the Flames victory.
The men’s fortunes had a reversal of fortune, winning at home against Perry Lakes Hawks on Saturday.
Kevin Davis had a standout game with 27 points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
Bragg showed some spark with 23 points and three assists while Drew Williamson scored 18 points, three rebounds and four assists.
Coach Joe Tupaea said his team should have won against the Flames but was impressed with the win over the Hawks.
“However, Saturday night was a different story as it was definitely a game that showed glimpses of what we’re capable of as we beat the Perry Lakes Hawks,” he said.
“This win was huge for us not only because Perry Lakes is tipped as one of the favourites to win but it gives the boys a bit of confidence after dropping three games in a row to teams we know should’ve beat.”
The men will face the Giants in Kalgoorlie on May 20 while the women have a bye.